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Poster: Skobud Date: Sep 9, 2011 4:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

I think i agree with what you are saying - Kieth was able to drive many of the jams and take the lead as well. He was not just an accent piece. I ve said it before, I think the band owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Godchaux's...Kieth opened up huge new avenues for the band(that I believe were already there) but not yet explored fully. The jams really started developing more depth and seemed to be more develped.

When it comes to Brent, no one doubts he had the chops to keep up and lead. What i think he lacked was creativity and innovation. He pounded out the funky synth every night, but he was no where close to Kieth musically. His style was out in front and kinda in your face, and that did not really serve the band, creatively, nearly as well in my opinion.

Insofar as his tunes, while they kinda speak for themselves. I think he shoulda stuck strictly to the harmonies. He could get the crowd very fired up, but that certainly wasnt the case when he did his own songs.

Those of you that know me know I am a Brent basher at heart - but I still do respect him. I just dont respect him nearly as much as Kieth. I do believe that a case could be made for him being at par with Vince however, They both were doing more "filling in" than being creative in my opinion...